Death benefits paid out of “Petty Cash” box

$300 for dead seafarers’ families05 Nov 2007, Safety at Sea International KUALA LUMPUR 05 November – Malaysia has introduced, on compassionate grounds, a so-called death benevolent fund of RM$1,000 ($298) for the estates of dead seafarers. Datuk Captain Ahmad Osman, chairman of the country’s Marine Department confirmed the ‘one-off’ payout to Fairplay, though when asked if the Marine Department would seek raising payouts during times of inflation he said “not…

November 25, 2007
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Better conditions for seafarers agreed to

Unions hail new seafarer conditions28 Sep 2007, Safety at Sea International LONDON 28 September – Satisfied maritime unions have celebrated changes to seafarers’ pay and conditions that will take effect from January. After painstaking talks that took them from Sydney to Tokyo to London, the International Bargaining Forum reached agreement yesterday on improved conditions for 70,000 seafarers of all nationalities serving over 3,500 ships. The changes cover increases in wage…

October 6, 2007
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Sad anniversary

October 1, 2007

Speaking of ferry safety… This came in my Daily News email from MarineLink. Estonia Sinking RememberedFriday, September 28, 2007, (HK Law) Thirteen years ago today, on September 28, 1994, the ferry ESTONIA sank during a storm in the Baltic Sea. The sinking claimed 852 lives and the exact cause remains controversial. The ferry was engaged in an overnight crossing from Tallinn to Stockholm, carrying 989 passengers and crew. The official…

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Finally some time in port !

September 29, 2007

This monster will take forever to load and unload ! There might actually be time to get ashore. Who knows. Martin _____________ CVRD plans biggest ever ore carrierBy James Brewer, 14 June 2007 Lloyds List COMPANHIA Vale do Rio Doce, the world’s largest iron ore producer, has plans on the drawing board for a 0.5m tonne ore carrier. The Brazilian-based miner is waiting to see how its current giant ship…

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Norwegian Dawn gets dry after soaking

September 29, 2007

NCL passengers blew holiday storm out of proportionBy Sandra Speares, 11 June 2007 Lloyds List A FLORIDA jury has found in favour of Norwegian Cruise Line in legal action brought by passengers on a voyage during which Norwegian Dawn was hit by a freak wave, writes Sandra Speares. “We are pleased with the jury’s thoughtful and reasoned decision,” NCL chief executive Colin Veitch said following the verdict. “We have always…

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World’s largest shipyard in the works

September 29, 2007

Daehan plotting world’s biggest yard Mega-yard under construction would leapfrog three Korean rivals in global size rankings, writes Mike Grinter 12 February 2007 Lloyds List SOUTH Korean yard Daehan Shipbuilding is making its claim to greatness with the news that it is building a mega-shipyard. It has recently emerged that Daehan Shipyard has been in the process of constructing what might become the world’s largest shipyard in Haenam, South Jeolla…

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Truer Words Never Said!!

This popped up on my emails today: We must restore respect for our crews From Captain C R Kelso SIR, it comes as little surprise to read (LSM, September 2007) that “insurers believe crew shortages are already contributing to the rising severity of casualties and cost of claims” and that the current shortage, estimated to be as high as 10,000, is forecast to double over the next seven to 10…

September 27, 2007
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